• I am excited to begin my 20th year of teaching at Thompson Middle School.  As a 1983 gradtuate of Thompson High School, having an impact through education in my hometown has been a wonderful journey. I look forward to the opportunities to connect, learn and grow that a new year brings. 

    Following my graduation from THS, I attended Auburn University on an ROTC scholarship and graduated in 1987 with a degree in Health Services Administration.  I was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Medical Service Corps.  Among my numerous assignments in the Army, I served as the Medical Platoon Leader for the 1/67 Armored Batalion, 2nd Armored Division, during the First Gulf War in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in 1990-91.  I am very proud of my service, and my time in the Army continues to influence my teaching and my life.

    After leaving the Army in 1994, I had a six year run in the corporate world before attending the University of Montevallo, where I received a Masters Degree in Education with a certification in Secondary Social Sciences.  My father, a retired Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel, and a high school history teacher, was a huge influence in my decision to enter education.

    I was hired at Thompson Middle School in 2002 as an 8th Grade Social Studies teacher.  After teaching 8th grade for 3 years, I moved to 6th grade Social Studies where I taught for 16 years.  This year will be my first in the 7th grade and I welcome the change and the challenges of the civics and geography curriculum. 

    You may contact me through email at: steven.benton@acsboe.org

    or by phone:  205.685.8100